DRUGS, STOLEN ATV’S AND GUNS LEAD MAN TO 2O YEAR SENTENCE
August 18, 2016
Scioto County Prosecutor, Mark Kuhn announced today that on August 16, 2016, a Scioto County Petit Jury returned a verdict of guilty on sixteen (16) charges filed against Elsworth Chafin, III, age 30, of West Portsmouth, Ohio. The jury deliberated for just over two hours before retuning guilty verdicts against Chafin for six (6) drug charges involving heroin, nine (9) charges for Receiving Stolen Property, being ATV’s and one count of Possession Criminal Tools.
The investigation of Chafin began when Detective Jodi Conkel, of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, contacted Det. John Koch of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force at 3:00 A.M. on April 1, 2016, to inquire about a West Portsmouth man who went by the name of ‘Booter’. Det. Conkel had learned though informants that a man using the name of ‘Booter’ was buying stolen four wheeled ATV’s with cash and heroin. Det. Koch was also working a narcotic’s investigation on an individual using the name “Booter”. The two worked that morning on identifying this person and learned that his name was Elsworth Chafin.
Following an undercover drug buy, the Scioto County Adult Probation Department conducted a home visit on Chafin’s residence. Chafin had been on probation for a misdemeanor theft offense. Upon arriving at the residence, probation officers asked for the assistance of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force. In total the Sheriff’s Office seized eight (8) stolen four wheelers from Chafin’s residence and one additional stolen four wheeler from a different location, which was linked to Chafin. The Detectives also seized a stolen firearm and over fifteen (15) grams of heroin, and items used in drug trafficking, from Chafin and his residence. In total, the Scioto County Sheriff’s office recovered twenty-two (22) stolen ATV’s, from different individuals, as part of their investigation of the thefts.
The State’s case was presented by Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Kuhn and Assistant Prosecutor Shane Tieman. The State presented the testimony of twenty-one (21) individuals and seventy (70) exhibits throughout the trial.
On August 17, 2016 the matter was set for sentencing before Judge William T. Marshall. Chafin had three prior felony convictions and previously been sentenced to prion on two prior occasions. On that date Judge Marshall sentenced Chafin to twenty (20) years in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections. Chafin remains lodged in the Scioto County Jail pending transport to the Ohio Penitentiary at Orient.